Work on outgoing Education Minister Hekia Parata’s legacy project is heating up as her time in charge nears an end.
Hekia Parata delivered the year's first real cabinet personnel surprise yesterday, unveiling her decision not to stand again as a list MP and creating space for John Key to refresh the upper echelons of his cabinet before an eminently lose-able election in late September next year.
Green Party Co-leader and Education spokeswoman Metiria Turei unveiled a NZ$115.1 million plan to create community hubs in low decile schools.
Prime Minister John Key has unveiled his New Year refresh of his ministers, elevating two-term Maungakiekie MP Peseta Sam Lotu-liga to the positions outside cabinet of Minister of Pacific Island Affairs and Associate Minister of Local Government.
Nathan Guy said the first of two reports on the Fonterra botulism scare had been delivered and would be released before Christmas, MPI and MFAT announced beef and sheep meat exporters had won access to the Peruvian market and Winston Peters' attacked the Government's decision not to pay Learning Media's landlord while also paying at least some of its debts to Westpac.
National MP Shane Ardern announced he wouldn't seek re-election in 2014, Chester Borrows announced over 5,300 beneficiaries had been cut off after IRD and MSD shared their data, Michael Woodhouse announced a review of immigration advisers, Tim Groser announced South Korea had restarted free trade talks with New Zealand and Hekia Parata announced a review of the NZ$70 million spent on professional development for teachers.
Nathan Guy announced funding to research 'lifestyle' wines, Hekia Parata and Steven Joyce announced extra funding to improve maths and science teaching, Judith Collins introduced her court system modernisation bill, Nick Smith unveiled another social housing project and Simon Bridges announced after another forestry worker death that MBIE had shut down 14 of the 150 logging operations it had inspected.
Chris Finlayson appointed two new High Court judges and Careers New Zealand's CEO resigned. Nathan Guy announced a ramping up of biosecurity measures at Auckland Airport to combat Chinese tourists not declaring risky items and the Local Government Commission proposed a 'super-council' for the Hawkes Bay. Craig Foss also proposed new and higher fees for fund managers, advisers and trustees.